Tikal can be reached from Belize or Guatemala City by road or air. The airport for Tikal is in Santa Elena, a suburb of Flores , so the airport is often called the “ Flores airport ".

Hotels for Tikal are:

  • Within the Tikal National Park itself

  • Half-hour away in El Remate, Peten, on the shores of Lake Peten Itza

  • An hour away on the island of Flores or adjacent suburb of Santa Elena

Tikal offers the visitor an opportunity to see:

  • Mayan pyramids and temples
  • Mayan palaces
  • Mayan ballcourts
  • Mayan stelae and altars
  • Mayan acropolises and plaza
Temple I Great Jaguar Tikal Guatemala Maya Archaeology
Temple I Great Jaguar Tikal Guatemala Maya Archaeology
Great Jaguar and Ballcourt, Picture by Nicholas Hellmuth

Temple V Tikal Guatemala Maya Archaeology
Temple V, roofcomb.

This web site, www.maya-archaeology.org, is one of the few sites on Tikal by an archaeologist who excavated at Tikal and discovered many of the Mayan artifacts in the site museum. After working at Tikal , Nicholas Hellmuth went on to map the complete ancient Maya city of Yaxha. He lobbied five years with the Guatemalan government to have this area declared a national park: the Lake Yaxha-Lake Sacnab National Park is the result of his five years, 1970-1974. Since then Guatemalan archaeologists have increased this park to include Nakum and Naranjo.

Central Acropolis Tikal maya archaeology
Central Acropolis, El Peten (Picture by Nicholas Hellmuth)
Stelae Group Q Tikal Guatemala Maya Archaeology
Stelae Group Q, Tikal Guatemala.

 

First posted January 17, 2007.

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